One of the major chunks of our day to day expenses would be online delivery for food. This has been heightened with quarantine and lockdown restrictions. Although some of us have also learned the art of making ube pandesal, baked sushi and Dalgona coffee from the comforts of our own home, the rise of food delivery apps has taken us by storm. Most of the time, with all our day to day concerns, it is so much easier to have your food delivered with less hassle and more choices. It all started with people from the metro avoiding traffic but now it is really all for convenience.
Food businesses also had to adapt especially that less foot traffic is expected from their restaurants and/or physical space. Introducing cloud kitchens, commercial kitchens designed particularly to prepare food for delivery. These commissary kitchens are also referred to as “ghost kitchens,” “shared kitchens,” or “virtual kitchens,” and the delivery-only food brands that operate within them are referred to as “virtual restaurants.” Maybe you’re thinking, “This isn’t anything new,” and you’re right. For decades, Chinese eateries have made the most of delivery. And the pizza industry has essentially built its entire business model around delivery optimization. However, technological advancements and changes in customer habits have recently made switching to a delivery-only model conceivable.
How does it work? Cloud kitchens are centralized licensed commercial food production facilities where restaurants rent space to prepare delivery-optimized menu items. One restaurant may operate many brands or virtual restaurants under one roof, or the kitchen may function as an incubator, with different vendors sharing the space. Some of the major benefits of a cloud kitchen is that one can lower his/her overhead costs meaning instead of renting an entire space for a restaurant, he/she only has to secure a space for a kitchen to work. It can actually be shared with one or two other brands to further lower expenses. Another is better efficiency because the operations mainly focus on preparing food for delivery. No tables and chairs to be cleaned, no plates to be washed and no restrooms to be maintained too. The business can also access real time data as software will provide them with information as to which products are salable at a particular time and date, so they can also prepare in advance. One can even introduce seasonal products just to test the market.
With this innovation comes also an opportunity of having an online accounting system. With less and less physical stores, businesses should also rely on cloud technology to maintain its records, inventory and receipts. EasyFIS is a Software-as-a-service (SAAS) sales, inventory and Accounting system designed for Micro, Small and Medium (MSME) Enterprises. EasyFIS can help you with generating a financial report anytime, anywhere. Not only that, it is also compliant to current taxation in the Philippines.The benefits of having timely data will also help small businesses adapt to current trends and respond effectively.
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